Spotlight March 28, 2017

logo-spotlightMarch 28, 2017

Committee of the Whole Approves Policies

During the March 28 Committee of the Whole Meeting, Trustees approved two revised Policies.

Accessibility Standards Policy (800.8) and Catholic School Councils Policy (800.1) are available in the Policies section of the Board website for public review.

Shining the Spotlight on St. Michael Catholic Elementary School

Each month during the Board Meeting, one school makes a presentation to the Board of Trustees, showcasing the great things happening in their school.

This month, St. Michael Catholic Elementary School in Niagara-on-the-Lake was in the spotlight, and Principal Blaine MacDougall was joined by Grade 8 students Nieva Mastromatteo and Oishi Ray to share what makes St. Michael such an integral part of the Niagara-on-the-Lake community.

The school is heavily involved in both local projects, such as the Board’s Kids Helping Kids campaign, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Christmas parade and food and toy drives, as well as national and global projects such as the Terry Fox Run, WE Day, Backpacks of Hope and adopting a “sister school” each Christmas.

Principal MacDougall spoke about the ways in which staff at the school work together to promote student success and engagement.

Divisional meetings take place at the school level to discuss programming each month, and School-Based Team meetings take place monthly to discuss students in need of support.

Career days are held to promote the pathways available to students. Student council holds weekly meetings to discuss topics that are important to students and monthly Catholic School Council meetings are held to promote parent involvement. Volunteer reading and math programs encourage students to continue to grow their skills.

St. Michael has a close relationship with its parish church, St. Vincent de Paul, through rosary circles led by members of the parish’s Catholic Women’s League. The school has been active in participating in the second tier of the Board’s Catholic Educational Congress in collaboration with Father Randy Gallant, and students have expanded its retreat program for students.

Contract Awarded for Addition to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School

During the March 28 Board Meeting, the Board approved awarding the contract for a $4.5-million addition to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Grimsby to Brouwer Construction (1981) Ltd. of St. Catharines.

This project consists of six classrooms and three child care rooms, and includes improvements to parking, landscaping and walkways, as well as the demolition of the former Cyberquest program building. 

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